Do Something Good for Your Neighbor
At Holy Trinity, our faith and Ignatian tradition call us to build a more just world that upholds dignity, equality and access to social and economic opportunity for all. During this unprecedented time, the needs of our local and international community continue. This year we invited you to participate on May 16 as part of National Do Something Good for Your Neighbor Day. While the "official day" is over, our community needs your help the other 364 days of the year. We have provided ongoing opportunities from our social justice volunteers and partners.
Holy Trinity Partner Projects
2021 Community Support
Social Justice has established this sign up genius for requests from members of our Migrant familia and partners. Items may be shipped/delivered to Holy Trinity or dropped off at Ashley's house in Alexandria.You may drop off items at Holy Trinity (please use the covered entrance to the parish center off the courtyard) marked for Social Justice or ship items to:
Ashley Klick/Social Justice
c/o Holy Trinity Catholic Church
3513 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Since May 16 we have now collected over 10,000 snack bags! Due to COVID-19, we anticipate this will be our "pandemic" way of supporting our friends at SOME instead of our monthly RE food collection and service. Consider inviting your neighborhood, your sports team (inspired by Capital Lacrosse!), or your child's classroom to join in the giving. Beginning in September, in addition to the snack bags, each month we will also collect an item requested by SOME. Sign up. The collection schedule is below:
May 15: Snack bags and Shirts
June 19: Snack bags and summer hats/caps.
Volunteer with Hope and a Home
Volunteers are needed for food packing and distribution and food delivery every other week. We also launched a tutoring program for all ages in Fall 2020. If you would like more information about volunteering with Hope and a Home, please email email@example.com.
Volunteer with the Migrant Team
The team is setting up a database of "experts" in different areas (legal, food, etc.) who can collect the DMV programs and resources available to migrants. Mary McCabe and Marianne Borelli will start as our experts on healthcare. We are looking for other volunteers to dig into resources regarding: Food, Housing, Employment, Legal, General Benefits/Caseworkers (LSS, HIAS, etc.). Learn more.
Over the next few weeks we anticipate increased food insecurity for our families. Food programs have reduced and the lines to access these programs grow longer. We are inviting parishioners to "sponsor" a family each week by purchasing groceries. Gift cards in any amount to Giant are also appreciated so that we can respond to any needs of the community. Sign up.
Want to learn more about the members of our migrant familia? Read the EOY report we shared with donors.
Be a Pen Pal
Several of our partners are offering pen pal programs. Please consider participating:
*The Welcome Home pentorship program partners you with an inmate on the path to release. This simple act accompanies people returning to society by hearing what they want to do with their lives and using everyday practical wisdom to accompany them as they try to achieve their goals. A willing heart is all that is needed. For more details contact Ron Garrett.
* Write letters to folks who are incarcerated and are experiencing social isolation at this time with the Malta Pen Pal Program. To get involved, email Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Knitting for Kino Club
Knitting is a fun and creative outlet, and it is known to reduce stress and increase literacy. Now is a great time to start a new hobby or dust off your knitting needles to make baby blankets for our friends at the border. As border policies have shifted over time, we've seen more and more single moms and families at the Kino Border Initiative - and sometimes these are very young moms with infants or babies. The blanket you are making will keep one of these children warm on a cold desert night or on a long bus ride. Please send completed blankets to the Attn: Joanna Williams, Kino Border Initiative, 81 N Terrace Avenue, Nogales, AZ 85621.
Capital Area Food Bank
The Capital Area Food Bank leads our region’s efforts to provide good, healthy food to people struggling with hunger and food insecurity. Each year, they source and distribute the food for over 30 million meals.
The Northwest Center seeks to promote the dignity of women and a respect for all human life. They seek to accomplish this goal by offering the loving support and comprehensive aid necessary to enable all women to continue their pregnancies, deliver healthy babies, and adequately care for themselves and their children. They rely in large part on the donated time and talents of our many volunteers. Please consider offering up some of your valuable time by volunteering here at the The Northwest Center. Opportunities include: volunteering at the Center, volunteering at events, and hosting a fundraiser or diaper drive at your home, church or office. Learn more
Christmas in April Campaign Extended Through May
Due to the pandemic and increased local needs, we asked the St. Jean Baptiste Committee to delay collecting Christmas gifts and not to be a part of the annual Giving Tree campaign last December. They graciously agreed. Unfortunately the recent Christmas in April collection has not been as successful as Giving Tree. The barrels for Christmas 2021 will be packed this summer. If you are able to purchase a gift (amounts range $4 to $25) please visit the Amazon Wish List. The default gift registry address should appear as Kathleen Kaye, St. Jean Baptiste Sister Parish.
Food for Migrant Familia Members
Our migrant families are thriving with the gift of fresh fruits, veggies and proteins. Thank you! As their unemployment continues, we will continue to supplement their weekly groceries. If you would like to purchase groceries or donate a gift card, please sign up for a future Wednesday. There are no sign ups for May! Gift cards may be dropped off at Holy Trinity or in Alexandria, VA. Thank you!
Help support the DC Diaper Bank and the Northwest Center by donating diapers, wipes and baby supplies. Donate online at these links: Northwest Center or DC Diaper Bank. You may also donate in person on Friday, May 7 when 8th graders will be waiting outside school in the morning to collect your donations. What can you donate? Diapers, wipes, formula, shampoo, conditioner and diaper rash cream. Send questions to Clare Doherty.